Columbus 5, Buffalo 1

Friday, November 25, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 12-9-0-1 5-6-0-1 7-3-0-0 L3
Columbus 6-13-0-3 5-6-0-1 1-7-0-2 W1


Captain Rick Nash scored twice and Curtis Sanford turned aside 28 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets moved out of the NHL basement with a 5-1 home triumph over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Mark Letestu scored and R.J. Umberger and defenseman Marc Methot tallied 12 seconds apart for Columbus (6-13-3, 15 points), which improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games to move past the New York Islanders (5-11-4, 14 points) in the standings.

After Letestu cleaned up a rebound to open the scoring midway through the first period, Nash doubled the advantage after deflecting defenseman James Wisniewski's blast for a power-play goal.

Nash gave the Blue Jackets a 5-1 lead with 5:53 remaining in the second period after converting Jeff Carter's brilliant feed for his seventh goal of the season.

The offensive explosion was more than enough for Sanford, who has stopped 131 of 138 shots to improve to 3-0-2 in his last five starts.

Columbus' Vinny Prospal became the 268th player in NHL history to compete in 1,000 games.

Jhonas Enroth permitted four goals on 18 shots before being relieved by Drew MacIntyre.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   Columbus
Jordan Leopold 1 Points Rick Nash 2
Jordan Leopold 1 Goals Rick Nash 2
Zach Kassian 1 Assists Jeff Carter 2
N/A Power Play Goals Rick Nash 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Drew MacIntyre .938 Save Percentage Curtis Sanford .966
Drew MacIntyre 15 Saves Curtis Sanford 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 29 1 0-3 4-5 10 30
Columbus 34 5 1-5 3-3 8 26

Upcoming Games

  • Columbus will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .312 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Washington. The Sabres have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .600 after a loss.
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